Atlanta Braves' Prospect Spotlight: Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson is one of the top pitching prospects in the Braves' organization.

The 18 year old out of upstate New York was selected by the Atlanta Braves with the 3rd pick of the 2016 MLB Draft. Anderson was ranked 13th on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 200 Draft prospects list.

The Clifton Park, NY standout is a tall kid, standing at 6-foot-3 with lots of room to grow. His fastball sits in the 91-95 mph range, with some good downhill angle. His breaking ball sits in the average-to-above average range, ranging from 79-82 mph. His curveball has some slurve action to it, so as he develops more it could be turned into two pitches, a curveball and a slider. His last weapon in his arsenal is an average change-up that sits in the mid-80’s. Overall, Anderson posses some excellent velocity, with the  ability to increase a couple of ticks, along with two, maybe three above average secondary pitches. 

Thus far in his career, Anderson has been just what was expected. In five starts in the GCL, he didn’t allow a single earned run and struck out 18 batters in 18 innings. He has since been moved up to the Appalachian League, where in 5 starts he is 1-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 21 and 2/3 innings. 

With plenty of room to grow, Anderson certainly possess some huge upside and has the ability to develop into a frontline starter in the big leagues some day soon.


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